Joseph Zunt

Joseph Zunt

Professor, Neurology
Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology


Associate Director, International Core

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Zunt has built a collaborative research and training network involving the University of Washington and numerous medical centers, nongovernmental organizations and universities throughout Peru. His NIH-funded research interests in Peru include 1) clinical, neurologic and virologic manifestations of HIV, HTLV-I, and HTLV-II infections and coinfections in the general population and in marginalized populations, including commercial sex workers (CSW), men who have sex with men, and people with neurologic disabilities; 2) HPV and other sexually transmitted infections in CSW; 3) viral and “tropical” infections of the nervous system; 4) assessment and education of CSW and adolescents regarding STI, violence and reproductive health; 5) clinical, operational and health services research and training for AID and TB infections; 6) multidisciplinary evaluation of health and the built environment in slums.  Dr. Zunt leads International Core mentoring activities in addition to his roles as Site Director for the UW Peru NIH Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Site, Site Director for the UW Peru International Health Opportunities Program (IHOP) and International Health Electives (IHE), member of the Department of Global Health Curriculum Advisory Group, Global Health Pathway Working Group and Internal Medicine Residency Global Health Advisory Group.

Research Interests

Retroviral (HTLV-1 and -2, HIV) infections, infections of the nervous system, commercial sex work, and pediatric/adolescent health in Peru.
Country Affiliations: Peru


MPH, University of Washington
MD, University of Minnesota
BS, University of Minnesota

Selected Publications

Wang ME, Castillo ME, Zunt JR. Incidence of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in HIV-Infected children in Peru. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Oct;28(10):900-3.

Martínez Esteban P, Ton T, Flores Bravo J, Kolevic Roca L, Mori Quispe N, Montano SM, Zunt JR. Malnutrition associated with increased risk of peripheral neuropathy in Peruvian children with HIV infection. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2009 Dec;52(5):656-8.

La Rosa AM, Zunt JR, Peinado J, Lama JR, Ton TGN, Montano SM, Suarez L, Pun M, Cabezas C, Sanchez JL. Retroviral infection in Peruvian men who have sex with men. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Jul 1;49(1):112-7.

Lescano AR, Blazes DL, Montano SM, Moran Z, Naquira C, Ramirez E, Lie R, Martin GJ, Lescano AG, Zunt JR. Research ethics training in Peru: a case study. PLoS ONE 2008;3(9):e3274-75.


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